NSW: Employee Died In Engineering Accident

Reported by Admin | 29 Sep, 2008

Source: NineMSN News A 28-year-old machinist has been killed after being dragged into a coal conveyer at an engineering complex in Sydney’s south west. The Elderslie man suffered severe head injuries when he was pulled into the coal loading machine at the Narellan factory in Graham Hill Road just after 8am (AEST) on Friday. He was …

VIC: Tougher Regulations Called For After Mining Accident

Reported by Admin | 29 Sep, 2008

Source: ABC News The Australian Workers Union (AWU) says an accident at the Ballarat gold mine on Wednesday is proof the industry needs tougher regulations. Four workers inside the mine, in central Victoria, were injured on Wednesday evening when a winch cable attached to platform holding materials snapped. The men were take to the Ballarat hospital, …

WA: Alcan Admits To Workers Death

Reported by Admin | 28 Sep, 2008

Source: WA Today A worker at an Alcan refinery was “catapulted” to his death on the same day his baby girl “laughed for the first time”, a Darwin court has heard. Spray painter Daniel Aaron Burman, 33, was hurled 10 metres from an elevated platform on April 23 last year, after the machinery supporting him became …

VIC: Safety Of Bar-Staff At Risk From Glass Attacks

Reported by Admin | 28 Sep, 2008

A national increase in glassings in licensed venues has put pressure on nightclubs to replace glass with plastic. A licensed city venue has trialled a no-glass policy in its upstairs nightclub, following a call for from Channel Nine’s A Current Affair for a national ban on glass pots in such venues. Th issue was highlighted by an alleged attack …

SA: Fatal Fall From Bulldozer

Reported by Admin | 26 Sep, 2008

A miner has died after falling from his bulldozer at a coalmine in South Australia yesterday. The incident is being investigated by Police and WorkSafe SA. OHS News Tip: Commercial Construction Industry Safe Work Method Statements Report by Julia Alder, OHS News Reporter – Do you have an OHS News Story – Let us know

WA: WorkSafe Reviews Building Manufacturers

Reported by Admin | 26 Sep, 2008

WorkSafe is reviewing the prefabricated building manufacturing industry in an attempt to minimise injuries and disease in the sector. The sector manufactures temporary or transportable structures such as dongas, transportable houses, offices and classrooms. Inspectors will visit some 20 companies that manufacture prefabricated buildings to identify safety risks and provide employers with information on how to comply with OH&S laws. Areas that will be looked at …

TAS: Everyday 27 Workers Are Injured At Work

Reported by Admin | 26 Sep, 2008

WorkCover Tasmania has released data which reveals 9,873 Tasmanian workers were injured in workplaces across the state during 2007. This equates to 27 Tasmanians being injured every day and an increase of one per cent from the previous year. The most common types of injury were soft tissue disorders due to trauma, followed by wounds, lacerations, amputations and internal organ damage. As …

QLD: Man Killed In Vehicle Accident

Reported by Admin | 26 Sep, 2008

Source: The Daily Failing to wear a seatbelt may have resulted in the death of a 55-year-old man from Browns Plains when he was thrown from his ute. Daniel John Wruck was driving his Suzuki ute across a rough farm track along the slope of a hill on his Mount Mee property on Wednesday afternoon when …

QLD: Crackdown On Scaffolding Prompted By Workplace Deaths

Reported by Admin | 25 Sep, 2008

Workplace Health and Safety Queensland has completed its review of controversial swinging stage scaffolds, after one collapsed, killing two construction workers in June. However, rather than banning them from building sites, the authority has recommended a series of new regulations to improve their design, installation and use. Despite there being regulations already in place, not all parties were fully aware of their obligations, according to the …

10th Anniversary Of Explosion At Longford Gas Plant – 25 September 2008

Reported by Admin | 24 Sep, 2008

Tomorrow is the 10th anniversary of the explosion at the gas plant at Longford.  The accident occurred on 25 September 1998, killing two workers and injuring another eight. The accident shut down gas supplies to Victoria for two weeks, affecting 1.3 million households and more than 89,000 businesses, and costing hundreds of millions of dollars. …

VIC: Police Base Being Investigated

Reported by Admin | 23 Sep, 2008

Source: The Courier The regional police communications centre D24 could be investigated for inadequate staffing levels and work conditions if no agreement is made between Victoria Police and its members. Police Association secretary designate Senior Sergeant Greg Davies said a local health and safety representative contacted WorkSafe yesterday about improving conditions at the Ballarat-based centre. The …

VIC: Sports Injury Comes Second To Road Accidents

Reported by Admin | 23 Sep, 2008

Source: The Age Australia is ignoring a health crisis from sports injuries, with more than a million occurring each year, sports medicine experts say. In Victoria, sport is second only to road accidents as the cause of lifelong injuries, yet it does not receive the same attention or concern as the road toll or workplace accidents. …

QLD: Family Tragedy In Crane Accident

Reported by Admin | 22 Sep, 2008

Source: Cairns A father died and his son is battling for his life after a crane was crushed under a cement pylon at a bridge construction site near Tully yesterday. The father, a 55-year-old Gold Coast man, is believed to have been standing metres from the crane when its cab was smashed, trapping his son inside. …

VIC: New Codes To Help Make Workplaces Safer

Reported by Admin | 22 Sep, 2008

Source: WorkSafe Victoria WorkSafe Victoria has just released new Compliance Codes that provide practical guidance to those who have duties or obligations under the Occupational Health and Safety Act or Regulations. The eight Compliance Codes now available are: Communicating health & safety across languages Workplace amenities and work environment Confined spaces First aid in the workplace …

AU: New Proposed Work Safety Body

Reported by Admin | 19 Sep, 2008

Source: The Sydney Morning Herald The federal government’s proposed new body to oversee work safety has too many bureaucrats and two few workers, the opposition says. Deputy opposition leader Julie Bishop told parliament that she broadly supported the government’s push for nationally consistent workplace safety and workers’ compensation systems. But it was hard to imagine a …

WA: Improved Safety On Construction Sites

Reported by Admin | 19 Sep, 2008

Fall prevention measures on construction sites have improved in regional Western Australia, according to the Department of Employment and Consumer Protection. The announcement follows an inspection of more than 1,000 sites this year by the Department. However, WorkSafe WA says only 35 per cent of the sites inspected were fully compliant with the law and …

NT: Failure To Conduct Safety Checks Results In Record Fine

Reported by Admin | 19 Sep, 2008

A mining company has been fined $432,000 for the death of a worker, Northern Territory’s largest workplace accident fine. The spraypainter fell 10m to his death from an elevated platform at the company’s refinery last year. The court said the company’s safety checks with contractors needed improvement. However, the fine was lessened due to the …

QLD: Company Fined $66,000 For Chemical Leak

Reported by Admin | 19 Sep, 2008

A manufacturer which operates a gas distribution and dry ice business has been ordered to pay more than $66,600 following a major sulphur dioxide leak from its plant last year. Surrounding residents and businesses were forced to evacuate as 473 kilos of sulphur dioxide was discharged into the atmosphere with the potential to cause harmful …

NSW: Robots Improve Worker Conditions On Production Line

Reported by Admin | 19 Sep, 2008

Hand-packing 3000 polyethylene bottles an hour takes its toll on worker’s health and safety. The human costs of hand-packing 60,000 bottles a day in 250ml and 500ml sizes and in five different colours was manifested in the number of workersÕ compensation claims made against the company for repetitive strain injury (RSI). A new invention by …

VIC: New Aim To Make Schools Safer

Reported by Admin | 18 Sep, 2008

Source: WorkSafe Victoria New guidance to help make Victorian schools safer for teachers, students and school communities has been launched by WorkSafe. WorkSafe’s Executive Director, John Merritt, said the guide, OHS in schools- a practical guide for school leaders, was designed to provide practical advice for those who have a safety role in schools. More …

VIC: Helping Employers In Melbourne’s South Support Older Workers

Reported by Admin | 18 Sep, 2008

Source: WorkSafe Victoria WorkSafe Victoria is hosting an interactive forum next Tuesday 23 September aimed at helping employers in Melbourne’s south and south eastern suburbs better understand how they can safely return mature-aged workers back to work after injury or illness. From July 2002 to 30 December 2007, the regions of Monash, Kingston, Bayside, Glen …